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Search for Zest, The (1962)

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00:02:01:06 CU elevator door open to CU to depressed man’s face wearing Malcolm X 1960s style glasses;
Audio track “Boredom is this man’s problem. Boredom at home, boredom at play, boredom at work”; man with bored look exits elevator and lights up a cigarette while looking out window.

00:02:36:28 CU door to office of Ira Jeffers M.D.; CU man’s hand grabs door knob, camera pans up man’s arm to man’s nervous expression as he takes a drag from cigarette; CU man puts out cigarette on floor with shoe. Audio track “…still battling himself, still holding back. This going to a psychiatrist, is it really the right thing to do? Is boredom worth all this fuss? Can a psychiatrist really help?”

00:03:03:29 Man looks at himself in bathroom mirror, removes glasses.

00:03:50:17 CU man with pensive expression looks at himself in mirror and rubs face, washes face in sink; extreme CU man’s wet face.

00:04:55:20 CU shot reverse shot patient psychiatrist exchange:
“What seems to be your trouble?”
Man respond in Oklahoman accent “You’re the psychiatrist you tell me”
“People get confused about psychiatrists Mr. Marriott. No one can tell you how to run your life…now lets try again.”

00:05:28:02 CU man with pensive expression wearing Malcolm X glasses lights up cigarette.

00:05:49:14 POV CU shot of poker hand in cards with royal flush, hand lowers cards to show woman in glasses looking down at hand; camera pans to man smoking cigar laughing.

00:06:22:14 CU man lying awake in bed.

00:06:44:07 CU man speaks to psychiatrist with back of psychiatrists head in frame.
Patient says “I can’t even remember when I cared about anything.”
Psychiatrist “But back when you were a boy though”
Patient looks up to remember something “Oh then…yes things were different. So damn different.”

00:07:09:08 Father and son hunting in field together in Oklahoma uplands.

00:07:15:05 Boy lying in row boat, smiling, with fishing pole between his toes.

00:07:18:26 Saw sawing 4x8 piece of wood.

00:07:29:26 CU hand cocking shotgun.

00:07:33:00 CU man 1960s glasses puts cigarette in mouth and lights it.

00:08:16:16 Man gets up out of seat and asks psychiatrist “Doctor, this whole business has me all upset. Can you prescribe something for me? A tranquilizer perhaps?”

00:11:03:12 VS father and son skipping stones on pond; boy falls into pond.

00:14:25:00 Woman cries on couch with two dollar bill crumpled in her hand.

00:15:07:00 Chubby 1950s to 1960s with crumbs all over her chest eating crackers; audio track “sloppy as she was what kind of home would she keep?”

00:15:18:13 CU man kissing on attractive woman’s neck; audio track narration “Barbara was the hottest date in town, too hot to make the right wife for a respectable man.”

00:15:26:06 MS woman in fancy jewelry and fur lined coat; audio track “Judy, she looked like a million dollars, spent money that way too.”

00:15:33:23 LS woman speaking at protest rally with picketers; audio track “Winifred had ideas. Ideas so far out, they scared a man.”

00:15:42:20 MS psychiatrist standing speaks down to patient with cigarette in hand “sloppiness, passion, extravagance, non-conformity, traits like that never did rank very high in your book, did they?”

00:16:00:16 CU man’s eyes looking out through 1960s style Malcolm X glasses.

00:17:19:00 Boy in pajamas jumps into bed between parents.

00:19:14:26 VS Drunk husband embarrasses his wife in front of her guest; audio track “a loud man, a harsh man, an aggressive man, he shaved when he felt like it, if he felt like it.”

00:20:07:27 Mother and daughter walk down stairs, husband runs up steps and grabs wife, wife resists, the tow begin to fight; zoom in CU daughter’s upset face as she watches parents fight.

00:22:13:10 CU man in robe approaches wife, woman responds “Not tonight, Hugh, I have an awful headache, I mean it, Hugh”
Husband reacts: “Relax honey everything is going to be alright”
CU woman’s nervous eyes; CU man moves in to kiss wife; fadeout to next morning husband enters kitchen whistling and wife grabs husband and passionately kisses him.

00:22:54:28 Father and son play catch on lawn of suburban home.

00:23:00:12 Dad with fishing net instructing son with fishing pole.

00:23:06:13 Father and son eating popcorn in movie theatre.

00:26:17:05 Man walks out of doctor’s office, pauses for a moment and lights up a cigarette; walks into elevator, smiles at a woman; CU man facing camera smiling as elevator door closes.

This movie is part of the collection: Prelinger Archives

Production Company: International Film Bureau
Sponsor: Oklahoma State Department of Health
Audio/Visual: sound, color

Creative Commons license: Public Domain Mark 1.0

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Reviewer: Spuzz - 4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars - March 18, 2014
Subject: Help me I'm lonely.
Interesting film, though I wonder who on earth it was made for. If it was made for workers, what on earth was the point of it? If it was made for professionals, isn't that a bit of a thin subject matter? In any case, this is actually well done, about a boss who is "bored" with his work and home life, and everyone around him convinces him to go to a shrink to find out what's wrong. What he comes up with sure is interesting, the solution seems a bit farfetched though.. Does this man not have other male friends?


Presented by the Oklahoma State Department of Health, Kirk T. Mosley, Commissioner of Health. Psychiatric Consultant Alfred A. Hellams, M.D. A University of Oklahoma Production, General Services
Extension Division. Story and Script: Dwight V. Swain.